Pony Ma
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Tencent Holdings


Co-Founder / Chairman / CEO

Ma is more low-key than Alibaba founder Jack Ma, but he’s no less a strategic thinker. Ma founded Tencent in 1998 by copying a foreign messaging service that became QQ. Since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, Tencent has become the tech firm even Mark Zuckerberg hopes to emulate thanks to its globally ubiquitous WeChat, which combines the functions of WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, Uber, Deliveroo and Venmo in one platform and claims a billion-plus monthly users. While its gaming arm is the world’s largest by revenue, there have been some struggles of late over regulatory matters. Critics wonder if the behemoth can keep innovating, but there’s no doubting Ma’s will or ability to invest massively in tech as well as Chinese and Hollywood entertainment.   


  • Tencent Pictures
  • Tencent Holdings
  • WeChat


  • Shenzhen University (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree


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